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November 8, 2018                                                                                                                             Number: 10


St. Michael's School Newsletter

St. Michaels Elementary School
9387 Holmes Street
Burnaby, BC V3N 4C3

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Our Virtue focus for November – Conscience
During the month of November, we are focusing on the Virtue of Conscience
Conscience is the voice of God within us. As you develop your conscience, you will learn to make decisions that will make sure you will always have love in your life. Our conscience reminds us how to act towards other people and how to be a good friend. Sometimes it is hard for us to do the right thing, but we must always remember that the right thing is not always the easy thing to do.
A person of conscience...
† chooses to do the right thing, even when it is hard
† takes time to think and pray before making decisions
† makes decisions according to gospel values
† knows that their actions and decisions affect all those around them
† thinks of others before themselves
† accepts accountability for one’s own actions
Let us pray for the grace and strength to be people of conscience, who know the good and decent way to act and then choose to act that way. Amen.
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a different devotion. In November, it is the Holy Souls in Purgatory, those faithful Christians who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin.
Praying for the dead, especially for those we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering.
One of the most commonly recited Catholic prayers is:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
There will be a Confirmation meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the gym for those parents whose children will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this school year. The Grade 7 Enrolment Mass is Sunday, November 18th at 8:30 am. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – uniforms are not required.


There will be a meeting on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 pm in the school gym for those parents whose children will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this school year. The Grade 2 Enrolment Mass is Sunday, November 25th at 8:30 am. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – uniforms are not required
This meeting is for any Catholic parent who intends to have his/her child receive the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion in 2019.
Our basketball season will begin will practices starting Wednesday, November 14th in the morning.
Basketball Practice Schedule 2018-2019
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 -
8:30 am
Grade 5
Grade 7
Grade 5
Grade 7
Grade 6
12:00 -
12:30 pm
   Grade 6
Grade 5
Grade 5 Girls
4:00 pm
Grade 7
Grade 6
  Grade 7 Boys Grade 6
Monday, November 26th @ 6:30pm
Paint Your Own Pottery
Kick start the Christmas season by creating a keepsake or making gifts for grandparents and family.
Ticket includes your choice of one ceramic, all supplies and kiln firing. Get your friends and family together to enjoy a fun filled night out for both children and adults. Children must be accompanied by paid adult. Tickets available at the school office (cost yet to be determined).
All funds raised will go directly to Student Leadership initiatives.
We want to remind you about our upcoming Christmas card fundraiser. You will soon have the opportunity to purchase copies of your child’s Christmas card. The cards will be personalized with your child’s name and age on the back. In the next couple of weeks, your child will be coming home with his/her sample card and order form. Remember, family and friends love the opportunity to purchase cards too. It is our hope that this will be your replacement for store bought cards.
All funds raised will go directly to Student Leadership initiatives.


We will be holding our Remembrance Day assembly tomorrow, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. Students who are involved in Cadets or any of the Scouting programs (including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Guides) may wear their troop uniform to school on November 9th.
On Monday, November 12th, the school will be closed for Remembrance Day.
On Tuesday, November 13th there is a Non-Instructional Day and, therefore, there is no school on that day.
Thank you to everyone who came to support our Scholastic Book Fair. We raised a great deal of money for new books in the school library. A special thanks to all our parent and student volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help successfully run the fair. We couldn't have done it without you! We look forward to our next book fair in the spring!
The Student Leadership Team will be hosting a non-uniform day on Thursday,
November 29th. The theme for this non-uniform day is ‘Sports Teams – Athletes”. Students who choose to wear items connected with the theme will need to bring in a minimum donation of a toonie for our social outreach projects. Students who do not wish to participate must wear their school uniform.
In the event of inclement weather, tune in to CKNW AM 980 on the radio for information regarding any school closure. Information can also be found on their web site, or on our website In the case of inclement weather in the morning, closures are usually reported every ten to fifteen minutes.  The class phoning parents will phone all the families to ensure that everyone is informed of the closure. Please do not tie up the school and parish telephone lines by trying to call these offices. The radio station WILL NOT announce if the school is open; therefore, if you DO NOT hear the name of the school then the school is open. Likewise, if you do not receive a call from your class phoning parent then the school is open. All calls will be made by 8:00 am. As traveling conditions vary depending on where you live, please use your own judgment regarding sending your child to school. The staff, however, will always work to keep the school open when safety is not in question.  Also, please remind your child/ren to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, (i.e. boots, warm jacket, mitts, toques). If weather conditions are reasonable, students will go outside to get some fresh air during recess and lunch breaks.
Thoughts of the week…
“Encourage your children to place their confidence in God rather than in themselves. Help your children know who they are and Whose they are, learn not to think more highly of themselves than they should, choose to be obedient to God regardless of what it costs them (i.e. going to Mass as opposed to going to the mall with a friend), accept their calls from God, learn to listen to God’s voice (such as by reading and memorizing Scripture, and listening to God during prayer), recognize evidence of God at work in the circumstances of their lives, serve God by serving other people (through opportunities you give them), and use their natural talents and spiritual gifts to contribute to others around them and help fulfill God’s purposes for their lives.”
Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World – Jill Rigby
The Ode
They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun;
And in the morning,

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